Revert HDD for ubuntu?

Got an external HDD while I had ubuntu. Switched over to windows 7 on a new drive, external HDD no longer worked( couldnt see it listed in device list or disk management,only in device manager). Fiddled around in disk management or device manager ( dont remember )and somehow it appeared in disk managment( I dont recall formatting anything).Ubuntu no longer sees it. Help

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  • 2 months ago

    windows filing systems supported for read/write - Fat32 and NTFS. Linux supported for read/write Fat32,exfat and exfat derivatives . to obtain read/write access to a linux filing system on a pc or vice versa then you need to add specialist driver software. When changing a drives filing system you are FULLY erasing it and then CREATING new BLANK space on it. You also have mixed issues with other boot control software such as GRUB. The simplest way to have a drive readable/writable by both is to format it using Fat32. Fat32 has a file size limitation of 4gb(per individual file) but also does NOT include USER Name security for files whereas NTFS does.

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  • arther
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    find it mount it & chown it

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  • Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Ubuntu and Windows support different types of file systems.

    use FAT32 to support both.

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  • Damien
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    if its visible only in device manager, it means a device driver is missing

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  • 2 months ago

    You could try using TestDisk to restore the previous partition scheme.

    https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download

    It can be used from either Windows or Ubuntu.

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